- August 27 2011
Great Roomy Pack
The Osprey Ariel 55 gives you enough room to bring everything you will need for camping or travel. I used the pack on a two week trip to Europe and was able to fit two weeks worth of clothing and personal care products (I am not known for packing lightly with these items), a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, gifts for friends, etc. Though I was not using the pack for extended periods ("backpacking" around cities for ex.) the pack's features were very appreciated on my treks through multiple airports and campsites. The adjustable hip belt, chest straps, and straps anchoring the top of the pack to the shoulder straps made it easy to wear the pack for a long time without feeling the weight of what it was holding. I would definitely recommend this pack! It is just the right size if you need something for longer than a weekend and aren't quite looking for the heavy duty size of the Osprey 65 or something of the like. The only disappointment with this pack is the color! I ordered it in seaside blue and was expecting a dark, stormy blue closer to what I perceived in the images provided online. The pack is actually a lighter shade of blue, something I would describe as closer to a "baby blue" which I do not care for as much as the darker color I was expecting.
- March 16 2010
good all around pack
i bought this pack for my wife and it fits her small frame really well. the modeled hip belt helped her with the comfort. it compressed down well for a weekend trip. we are excited to see how it works in the mountains!
- November 27 2009
Update to my 9/21/08 review
Osprey backs up their products. Some of the stitching came loose off the binding on the front pocket and I got a small hole in the middle of one of the side pockets. First, I contacted a local seamstress who was unable to repair the pack. Then I contacted Osprey, who gave me an RA. I boxed my pack up and sent the it. My pack came back all repaired, including the hole in the pocket. Osprey fits me so well, that I also bought a Talon 22 day pack, which is the perfect companion for day hikes, snowshoeing, and travel with a rollerboard suitcase.
- April 11 2009
It served me well, two years in the Peace Corps, 8 day dessert hike and 5 day canyon hike. It holds up well sliding against rocks, light and sturdy. Forces you to pack efficiently. Even combats airport wear and tear with my 4.5 month backpacking African journey.
- September 21 2008
I love my Osprey Ariel 55! I just completed a section hike on the PCT with it and was just as impressed as I was when I bought it on the CT in 2006. It's just the right size for me. The only thing I've done to it was buy a smaller hip belt, because I lost weight and the one of the pack was too big. It protected my body and back quite well, as I had the misfortune to fall twice, and roll down the hills.